Being injured in an accident may be one of the most frustrating, confusing times of your life. The following are some of the frequently asked questions you may have if you've been injured in an accident.
Should I Get a Lawyer?
Yes, you should definitely get a lawyer. Are you wondering if your case is big enough for a lawyer to accept? The quickest way to find out if you have a viable case is to start calling lawyers. If the first lawyer you call is falling all over himself to get you as a client, than that means you have a big case. If you call several lawyers and none of them seem interested in your case, than chances are you don't have a big enough case worth pursuing. Injury lawyers will know better than anyone else whether you have a case worth pursuing. By asking just a few questions they will have a good idea whether you have a good case or not. Most injury lawyers offer free consultations, so why not just start calling around to see what they think. Most likely they will answer any questions you may have on the phone without you even having to step foot in their office.
Can I get by without a lawyer?
Probably not. The insurance system is set up to take advantage of people without lawyers. It's complicated and it's set up to frustrate people so that you just go away and let the insurance company keep their money. After all, they do need a lot of money for all of those funny commercials they're running nonstop. Most likely, you should not try to get by without a lawyer because you'll probably end up wanting to hire a lawyer later anyways. The probably with not hiring a lawyer from the beginning is that most lawyers don't want to get involved in a case after a lot of time has passed and there has been too many mistakes made by the client. For example, most surgeons would not want to get involved in a surgery after it's already half done. So, do yourself a favor and just try to hire a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.
What's the most important thing I need to do to help get a good settlement?
The best thing you can do to help your case is to get as much treatment as possible. The evidence in an injury case is the medical records. So, be sure to find a good doctor who specializes in auto accident injuries. Most likely, they will do a good job of documenting your medical records which will translate into a bigger settlement.